Singer L'Illon is quite Eliza Gilkysonesque but leans far too much to the formulaic (well, so does Eliza!!), and the engineering in this debut disc is much thinner than it should be. L'Illon possesses a clear melodic set of vocal chords but also, unfortunately, a high school sense of balladry, with lyrics that are mostly cliché and mundane. As with Gilkyson, there's a basic pop sensibility that's correct but not well resolved, constantly lacking in depth, not the equal of the fragile clarity of her beautiful singing. She really does have a very attractive voice, well trained but not properly served by these songs. Half the compositional process had the correct idea but never exceeded the first few ideas, badly needing a compeer in structuring and refinement. Like so many, the singer already has the voice she needs; it's the architecture the voice sits within which fails her.
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